Malcesine Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Malcesine

October 16, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Yet another lovely old town on Lake Garda, Malcesine is an elegant resort at the base of Castello Scaligero. Enjoy a leisurely day of shopping in town (making sure to stop at an outdoor café with a lake view), or if you’re getting restless, take a cable car to Monte Baldo for skiing in winter or challenging hiking in summer.
Things to do in Malcesine

1. Mignon

Via Antonio Bottura 28, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 045 740 1777
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

Mignon

Reviewed By valgarrett - Basingstoke, United Kingdom

After 6 holidays in Malcesine since 2008, Mignon is still our favourite restaurant and we have no desire to eat anywhere else! The food is consistently good and reasonably priced, Margherita and her staff are happy, friendly and very welcoming and always look after us very well. The customer service is exceptional and that's what keeps us coming back (as well as the delicious food). We have celebrated our wedding anniversary there for the last two years (unfortunately raining this year, so we couldn't have our balcony table - but they did reserve it for our last night). There was a fresh flower posy on our table for me and drinks were 'on the house' for our anniversary meal. They also surprised us with complimentary desserts on two of our visits - and on our last day gave us a lovely gift of my favourite Chiaretto wine and a beautiful tablecloth that will always bring back fond memories after the holiday is long gone. We will definitely be back - but unfortunately probably not until 2020. Thank you Margherita, Gary, Omar and the rest of the team for making our dining experiences so memorable.

2. Ristorante al Gondoliere

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 6, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 045 740 0046
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ristorante al Gondoliere

Dear Guests, due to logistic and organization reasons we accept booking at 7pm and 9pm, we rarely accept Reservations at different times. We kindly ask to let us know if you are in late, otherwise the booked table will be reserved for 15 minutes. Trusting in your understanding we thank you. Gentili Ospiti, per questioni logistiche e organizzative accettiamo prenotazioni alle 19 e alle 21, raramente riusciamo ad accettare prenotazioni al di fuori di questi orari. Vi chiediamo la cortesia di chiamare se arrivate in ritardo, in caso contrario il tavolo prenotato sarà tenuto per 15 minuti. Confidando nella vostra comprensione vi ringraziamo.

Reviewed By timmyb5 - UK

I agree with many other reviews on here. Wonderful food, lovely staff, excellent atmosphere.
A little first floor restaurant over looking one of Malcesine's bustling squares.
The food is to die for. I had salted meat starter and lamb cutlets main, Laura the octopus carpaccio to start and ricotta tortellini with truffle and cheese fondue main. We shared the sublime tiramisu to finish.
Staff were all warmly welcoming, attentive without being over bearing and knowledgable about the food and wine on offer.
We will return!

3. Pizzeria da Gigi

Via Gardesana Centro, 212, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 045 658 4339
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Pizzeria da Gigi

Reviewed By Cheshire77 - Cheshire

Would recommend if you are visiting Malcesine. Basic Pizza Margherita is 5 Euro, with 50 cents or 1 euro for extra toppings. Excellent pizza but very large, so we couldn't finish them. Nice, busy atmosphere but quick, efficient and friendly service. We only visited because the electricity was down in our hotel due to the thunderstorm but I'm really glad that we did. Coffee was only 1.50 Euro and was excellent.

4. Al Corsaro

Via Paina 17, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 045 658 4064
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

Al Corsaro

Reviewed By Kiteperson - London, United Kingdom

I use Trip Adviser a lot and hadn't considered this restaurant because, at the time it was ranked number 8 in Malcesine. However, on our 3 night in town we had eaten at the number 2 ranked restaurant and the number 1 was closed. I found it quite hard to get excited about any of the others and so asked our hotel manager. If you wanted to try fish from the lake (as against from the sea) then he recommended Al Corasro.
When we arrived there was only one other couple in the restaurant. To be honest I wondered whether we had made a mistake. However, the food was excellent. My wife had crab with mango which was sublime and I enjoyed a very good beef carpaccio. For our mains we both had lake fish, my trout was in nuts with avocado and extremely good. The caramel desert with a crumb and mango was first rate.
Our waitress was a lovely Brazilian girl who honestly could not have looked after us better - thank you so much.
Ignore the other reviews and stay clear of the tourist traps. This restaurant may not give you gifts to promote good reviews but it does give you exceptional food.

5. Ristorante Re Lear

Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 23, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 045 740 0616
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Ristorante Re Lear

Reviewed By 308SteveJ - Birmingham, United Kingdom

My best friend and his new wife had their wedding breakfast here and it was simply incredible.
7 courses beautifully presented and served by knowledgeable waiting staff.
Couldn't fault a single dish, the chef was even bought out at the end of the meal and everyone thanked him and gave him a round of applause, you could see how much this meant to him.
Would definitely eat here again.

6. Ristorante Vecchia Malcesine

Via Pisort 6, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$722 - HK$1,067 +39 045 740 0469
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

Ristorante Vecchia Malcesine

Gourmet restaurant Michelin star since 2004

Reviewed By annie_bowdley - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

My husband and I returned to Vecchia for the third time, this time to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
We held our wedding reception here last year and so we're back to even more amazing food and great service.
We arrived to be greeted by Leandro and sat in the window with the best view, where we were just one year earlier!
We had the tasting menu for dinner, around six courses. Everything was to perfection, it's definitely earned its Michelin star. Wine was fanatics too, and not expensive at all, starting at around €25 for a bottle!
Service was fantastic too and we did not feel rushed. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. We will be back next year!

7. La Cambusa

Via Parrocchia 3, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$188 +39 327 796 9513
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

La Cambusa

Reviewed By Pamela S - Barry, United Kingdom

Very busy , cover /service charge a cheek ! Poor service, stale bread and lasagne was enough to feed a pigeon I'm probably being generous when I saw it was probably 2" by 2 ". Drinks were average price .

8. Ristorante Pizzeria Treccani

Via Domenico Turazza 8, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch HK$39 - HK$243 +39 045 657 0431
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 288 reviews

Ristorante Pizzeria Treccani

And right here, in a corner of great visual impact of his lakefront a few steps from the harbor and the parking of the old town is the restaurant “Treccani”, a traditional reference for those who appreciate good food and loves the fish chosen careful and well prepared. On our Terrace, directly overhanging the lake, you can enjoy memorable sunsets and views that you reconciled with nature and its true harmony. An ideal location for dinners by candlelight and carefree evenings with friends. Enjoying not only the kitchen but the pizzas made strictly with the oven. The generous wine list is a further guarantee that a lunch or dinner at the “Treccani” will allow you to enjoy, down to its essence, the magic of our village and its surroundings.

Reviewed By Ian B - Clitheroe, United Kingdom

We ate in the outdoor part overlooking the lake just after a storm had passed so it was very windy but enjoyable. Swans and ducks on the small beach beside us. Bruschetta, Salad and Lasagne all good standard and tasty. Excellent house wine and service.

9. Al Bacio Restaurant

Via Paina 21 | Hotel Castello Lake Front, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +39 045 740 0233
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 366 reviews

Al Bacio Restaurant

We are closed from 23 October 2017 to April 2018. <br>In each of their culinary creations, the chefs of the Restaurant "Al Bacio" - Hotel Castello Lake Front - reinterpret imaginatively some of the most delicious gastronomic specialities, always starting from the very best quality raw materials. <br>The Restaurant Al Bacio is available with the service "a la carte". <br>Lunch is served from 12 to 2.30 pm and dinner from 7 to 9 pm.

Reviewed By Richard R

The setting, view and even the service at this restaurant are worthy of worthy of 5 stars. Absolutely fantastic. However, the food is real disappointing. My wife and I both had the "light" salad which you dress yourself - with substandard olive oil (generally speaking the olive oil served in this part of Italy is the best I've ever tasted) and cheap red wine vinegar compared to the balsamic served everywhere else in town. Our entrees where also disappointing. I had the trout which was good but it came with a fennel salad which was mismatched to the dish and on it's own was very disappointing. My wife had the lasagna which wasn't any better than the frozen variety we have at home. Breaking down my rating I give the ambiance and view 5 stars along with the service which was very god, the food earns two stars and the substandard olive oil and vinegar one star plus the bread was sort of dry and on the verge of going stale. Three stars overall is fair - maybe even generous.

10. Gelateria Cento Per Cento

Via Castello 31, 37018, Malcesine, Italy Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Drinks
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 398 reviews

Gelateria Cento Per Cento

Reviewed By Daan H - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Very good ice Cream and walking a few metres up the best view on the lake! Go there enjoy all the best flavours and the view.

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